Nothing like a time-warp breeze to ease the summer heat up – so, we're jetting all the way to 1997 this week for a refreshing look back at timeless Palo Verde Valley memories and history.

Check out some of the Times' archived photos from the same year that saw the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) play its inaugural game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Los Angeles Sparks fell to the New York Liberty, 67-57); the first test flight of Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation jet fighter, the F-22 Raptor; the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, at age 36; the box office releases of Donnie Brasco, Titanic, and Con Air; and more. 

Locally, check out some of the years' notable highlights – including the Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) retirement of Palo Verde Valley pioneer Lincoln Edmond after 43 years of service; a visit from two U.S. Army "C" Company aviation squadrons; Blythe's 1997 CRIT (Colorado River Indian Tribe) Recreational Center Basketball Tournament team; the McCoy Wash Watershed Project dedication ceremony; a skydiver at Palo Verde College's (PVC) career day; prepping for Hurricane Nora; Cadet First Class Mark B. Clifford earning the 1997 National Collegiate Boxing Champion in the 172-pound weight class; and more.

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